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Manga Guide

Galactic Patrol


The Galactic Patrol series began in 2008 with the one-shot collaboration Sachie-chan GOOD!! from Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura, published in the debut, May 2008 issue of Jump SQ that April. This was followed up by the duo’s three-chapter collaboration Jiya, serialized in the 2010 #2/3, #4/5, and #6 issues of Weekly Young Jump running from December 2009 to January 2010. Having established certain character designs, universe elements, and even storytelling tropes, Akira Toriyama penned Jaco the Galactic Patrolman by himself, which was originally serialized in the 2013 #33-44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump, running from July to September that year.

Sachie-chan and Jiya were collected in the 2014 Katsura-Akira (“Katsura x Akira Short Stories”), while Jaco the Galactic Patrolman also received its own collected edition in 2014 (in fact, both were released on the same day: 04 April 2014). A final epilogue chapter (“Dragon Ball Minus”) was published in the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected edition.

Beginning in November 2018 with the series’ 42nd chapter in the January 2019 issue of V-Jump, Toyotarō began a new “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc in his Dragon Ball Super manga. Whereas all previous Galactic Patrol entries told unique stories independent of other works, Toyotarō’s arc maintains continuity with Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and Dragon Ball as a whole.

Sachie-chan GOOD!!さちえちゃんグー!!
A young girl — with a poop-shaped birth mark — is visited by aliens who have come looking for strong martial artists. They hope to use these champions to drive away invaders, as the Galactic Patrol has not yet arrived to save them…

Release Information

Released:2008
Retail:¥500 (Original Serialization) | ¥444 (Collected Edition)
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Jiyaジヤ
Galactic Patrolman Jiya arrives on Earth in search of his missing colleague Stece, but quickly finds himself fighting against alien interloper Vampa and his army of giant fleas, to say nothing of meddling in the affairs of two ordinary humans, spoiled rich girl Kaede and her put-upon valet Kyūmonji.

Release Information

Released:2009 – 2010
Retail:¥320 (Original Weekly Serialization) | ¥444 (Collected Edition)
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman銀河パトロール ジャコ
In July 2013, a new series from Akira Toriyama began publication from Shueisha with simultaneous worldwide distribution in English from Viz Media. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was teased as having possible connections with Dragon Ball: “The shocking revival of Dragon Ball“…!

Release Information

Released:2013 – 2014
Retail:¥240 – ¥300 (Original Monthly Serialization) | ¥475 – ¥980 (Collected Editions)
Book Size:Various
Publisher:Shueisha

Though the television series completed its run, the Dragon Ball Super manga continued onward telling its own version of the existing story, entering its own original “Galactic Patrol Prisoner” arc following the completion of the Tournament of Power beginning in its 42nd chapter.

Release Information

Released:2019
Retail:¥550 – ¥580 (Original Monthly Serialization)
Book Size:JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Publisher:Shueisha